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Who Should I Draft?

Max Fried or Will Smith (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
Expert
Recommendation
86%
Recommended by
37 of 43 experts
14%
Recommended by
6 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 48# 82
Best Rank# 28# 34
Worst Rank# 109# 379
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 133# 174
Best Rank# 102# 134
Worst Rank# 141# 213
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6130
Wins41
Saves04
ERA3.953.33
WHIP1.331.12
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 108
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 63
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 40# 94
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 75
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 61# 119
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 45# 90
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 83# 91
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 31# 82
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 53# 78
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 49# 93
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 49# 82
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 67# 86
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 51# 80
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 51# 379
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 49# 80
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 60# 85
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 43# 111
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 51# 94
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 61# 79
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 42# 86
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 75
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 56# 88
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 28# 94
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 44# 107
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 54# 62
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 34# 72
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 29# 62
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 52# 104
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 45# 64
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 52# 80
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 41# 95
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 51# 64
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 30# 81
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 53# 82
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 39# 83
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 50# 39
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 73# 72
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 76# 59
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 91# 89
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 109# 47
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 34
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3363
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched166.165.2
   
Wins176
   
Losses60
   
Saves034
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed17546
   
Earned Runs7720
   
Home Runs Allowed2110
   
Strikeouts17396
   
Walks4721
   
ERA4.182.76
   
WHIP1.341.03
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1122
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched60.922.1
   
Wins41
   
Losses31
   
Saves04
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed6017
   
Earned Runs278
   
Home Runs Allowed73
   
Strikeouts6130
   
Walks217
   
ERA3.953.33
   
WHIP1.331.12
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Max Fried
SP,RP - ATL
Max Fried
Will Smith
RP - ATL
Will Smith
News 
 Max Fried allowed two hits and five walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 innings against the Twins Wednesday.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 11th
The Braves placed Will Smith on the COVID-19 injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 5th
 Max Fried pitched 2 2/3 innings Saturday against the Rays, allowing three hits and two walks while recording one strikeout. His outing was cut short for pitch count reasons.
Steve Painter
Sat, Feb 29th
Will Smith pitched an inning Wednesday, allowing a walk and recording two strikeouts.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 11th
 Max Fried toed the rubber for his first spring start and struggled, making it through only one-third of the first inning. He allowed three hits, three runs (all earned) while walking two and striking one batter out.
Steve Painter
Mon, Feb 24th
Will Smith allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings Sunday against the Yankees.
Steve Painter
Sun, Mar 8th
  Will Smith put in an inning of work Tuesday, striking out one and allowing no hits or walks.
Steve Painter
Tue, Feb 25th
Notes 
 Fried is a popular breakout pick, but will the limitation early on his innings be too much for him to be a top 35 pitcher?
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
The Braves bullpen is so good, that Smith may not get the saves we want or need him to get.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Fried's 2019 was positive, but his 4.02 ERA and 1.33 WHIP left a lot to be desired. His 17 wins and solid strikeout rate masked some of the issues, but he certainly doesn't look like a pitcher ready to jump into the upper echelon. Still, Fried's FIP and xFIP were lower than his ERA, and his expected stats showed he had some bad luck. Put it all together and Fried's a decent option with upside, but not one who you should expect to lead your fantasy rotation in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Smith somehow stayed in San Francisco all season and held the closer's role all year, putting up his usual terrific numbers. He'll now move to Atlanta where early indications are that he'll set up for Mark Melancon. Smith's numbers and potential opportunity to close down the line make him worth drafting in all formats, though again, don't expect him to close right away.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Fried likely has the highest fantasy ceiling of all Braves pitchers and certainly the most strikeout potential. You just have to be okay with the growing pains that come along with it.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy